FAQs: Volunteering for the Walk for Hunger


» Who can I contact with questions about volunteering?
» Where do I show up on Walk Day?
» How do I turn in cash and checks that I’ve collected?
» How do I know if my Volunteer assignment is confirmed?
» How do I get to my assignment location?
» Who do I report to on Walk Day?
» Can I get credit for community service hours?
» Do I need to attend a training or orientation?
» Can I bring a friend?
» Do you have Volunteer opportunities other than on Walk Day?
» What time are Volunteers needed? How long are the shifts?

Who can I contact with questions about volunteering?

Please contact our volunteer team at 617-239-2546 or volunteer@projectbread.org.

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Where do I show up on Walk Day?

You should only go to the Boston Common if your Volunteer assignment is on the Common. If you are volunteering at a checkpoint or another location along the route, please report directly to that location. Once you have received confirmation of your assignment from our Volunteer Team, you will be sent a letter with information about where and when to meet your Walk Day Coordinator.

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How do I turn in cash and checks that I’ve collected?

The easiest way to collect pledges is by registering online and emailing your friends and family asking them to donate online to you or your team. Remember to record your cash and check pledges as well and then mail them along with your Online Registration Certificate or Pledge Sheet to Project Bread after the Walk to Attn: Volunteer Coordinator, Project Bread The Walk for Hunger, 145 Border Street, East Boston, MA 02128. You may also turn your cash and checks in at any of the nine checkpoints along the Walk route. If you are volunteering on the Boston Common, you may turn them in during Walker Registration between 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. or at Checkpoint 9 for the rest of the day. 

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How do I know if my Volunteer assignment is confirmed?

Once you have registered online or turned in your Pre-Registration Form from the Volunteer Guide, our Volunteer Team will contact you to discuss your assignment and shift preferences. Please allow two weeks for them to contact you.

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How do I get to my assignment location?

Once your assignment is confirmed, you will receive an email from our Volunteer Team mid-April that will include directions to your meeting site. We will also post this information on our website as Walk Day gets closer.

Take the T for free between 6:00 and 8:00am! Due to road closings, parking is very limited at all locations along the route on Walk Day. We encourage you to take the T. You can show your Volunteer Guide or Online Registration Certificate and ride for free. Almost all locations are accessible by MBTA train or bus. 

If you are a Registration Volunteer, you will need to arrive at the Boston Common by 6:00A.M., before the MBTA trains and buses start running. Your best option is drive to the Common and park on the street or in a parking garage. Check back later for a list of parking garages near the Common.

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Who do I report to on Walk Day?

When you arrive at your assignment location, check in immediately with your Walk Day Coordinator. Our Walk Day Coordinators are responsible for overseeing volunteers at each checkpoint, first aid station, stationary marshal area, and on the Boston Common. After our Volunteer Team has confirmed your volunteer assignment, they will send you a letter letting you know the name of your Walk Day Coordinator and where to meet him or her.

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Can I get credit for community service hours?

After you’ve participated in the Walk, fill out a community service form and mail it to Attn: Volunteer Coordinator, Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger, 145 Border Street, East Boston, MA 02128, or fax it to Attn: Volunteer Coordinator at 617-248-8877. Our Volunteer Coordinator will sign it and mail or fax it back to you within one week. Download the community service form.

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Do I need to attend a training or orientation?

Only Registration Volunteers are required to attend a training, which will be held in mid-April at the Paulist Center at 5 Park Street in downtown Boston. All other volunteers will receive an orientation and safety training at the beginning of their shift.

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Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! Volunteering at the Walk is a great way to spend time with your friends and family. Be sure to let our Volunteer Team know how many friends you are bringing so that they can keep track of the number of Volunteers assigned to each location. Contact them at 617-239-2546 or volunteer@projectbread.org

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Do you have Volunteer opportunities other than on Walk Day?

We need Volunteers to help paint signs for the Walk route and pack snack bags that will be handed out to Walkers on Walk Day. Check back soon for more details on these events and how to R.S.V.P. Click here for additional opportunities.

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What time are Volunteers needed? How long are the shifts?

Volunteers are needed throughout the day starting as early as 4:00 A.M. and ending as late as 7:00 P.M. Shift times and duration vary by location. Most shifts are between three and five hours long.  Volunteers are needed on the Common and along the first half of the Walk route early in the morning and in the late morning and early afternoon along the second half of the Walk route. Volunteers are needed on the Boston Common to cheer until the last Walker crosses the finish line and to help break down and clean up.

Questions? Call our Volunteer Hotline at 617-239-2546 or email volunteer@projectbread.org.

 

Walk for Hunger 2014

Mark your calendars for the 46th annual Walk for Hunger—Sunday, May 4, 2014! Register online beginning in February.